What We Drove
Nimble, yes. Sporty, not so much. The aging Tribute SUV has trouble meeting the expectations of Mazda’s zoom-zoom brand identity, so the new CX-7 swoops in to feed the need for speed. Turbocharged and tuned for driving on the pavement rather than off, the CX-7 is available in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims with front- or all-wheel drive. Prices start at $24,345 and we tested a Grand Touring AWD with a sticker of $29,585. After a week behind the wheel, including a rocking good time racing up and down mountain roads, it’s clear that the CX-7 possesses the soul of a sports car if not outright athleticism.